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THE RED GROSS BED
In two clays afier the publicaiion of this
number the boxes whidi haue been placed in
the various barracks forthepurpose of collect-
ingfundsfor the Ruhleben Red Gross Bed will
be called in.
ITIessrs. rSimms and Ford haue kindly
undertaken to open and count the eontents of
the boxes and the moneij will be handed ooer
to the British Red Gross authorities to be de-
uofed to the foundation of a "Ruhleben Bed"
in one of their hospitals.
It will be poinfed out to the authorities
at Borne that this collection has been extended
ooer seueral 'months in orderfhaf small weekly
amounts might be subscribed and musf in
no way be regarded as a donation from any
superfluity of cash in the Gamp but as the
outcome of uery real sacrifice on the part of
a great numbcr of the subscribers.
BEH1ND THE WJRE IN ENGLAND.
UXV/E'RE jugged — of that there can be no manner of doubl
** Some of us have been a long time in jug, a few not quite
so long" (This is the opening, translated from the Germ an
of course) of the leading article in "Stobsiade" the fortnightly
organ of the Camp for German prisoners-of-war at Stobs,
Great Britain (can any kind reader inform us where Stobs
exactly is). It is a briglht little four-paged Journal redolent
of the "Are-we-downhearted ? No!" spirit and rendering it
very apparent that life in a "Prisoner of War Camp" is very
much like the life in a "Civil-Gefangenlager".
The leader continues: —
"It is within the bounds of possibility that we shall sleep
in thirties for many a stuffy night or it may be that the
comfy feather bed — for one person or for two — is not so very
far off. Who knows? Although much is done to render our
lot a happier one no one will maintain that Stobs is to
be recommended as a health resort for a permanent stay. — "
No nor Ruhleben]
"But we have patience — Lots of it. — It seems to us that
it is wetter here than at home in Germ any and the liquid
which is not allowed to run into our interiors is poured
upon our exteriors." [Funny isn't it how the German main-
tains that England is damper than Germany whereas every
true Englishman KNOWS just the contrary to be the case.]
"To continue, who has ever seen such a dog as that of
our Commandant? A weird animal. Half pug, half terrier
with bulldog legs which are ever atremble with fright. The
only dog in the Camp. Half German, half English. Just ripe
for naturalisation !"
Rights of reproduction in England and elsewhere of articles and Sketches
Apparently the Editor in Stobs allows his pen a larger
freedom than we accord ours for never, never would we
have referred to the Baron von Taube's "Ruhleben Löwe"
in such disrespectful terms.
"And of the Camp clay! One could write chapters about it."
Why our Ruhleben mud has already been accorded vo-
"Might one not also demand that the public generally
sleep less on its back in the future so that the' aoncert of
snores may at least take on a more pianissimo tone."
Huh! They should hear old — (We leave readers to fill
in name of loft or corridor champion.)!
The article concludes : — "We represent only the noblest ele-
ments of Human nature. We will report the sports, sing
the Eisteddefod, elevate the theatre and altogether will be
a sunbeam lighting the gloom of Camp life. We will awaken
the sleepy, talk of the homeland and — between the lines —
of our hopes, of our future happiness.
Anything rather than be downhearted ! And with sparkling
eyes we say softly beneath our breath: —
'God bless Germany!
'God bless the Kaiser V"
.How we can sympathize with all this and how deeply
we ourselves feel the English complement thereto. All the
"Stobsiade" hopes to do in Stobs we trust we can perform
in Ruhleben. — Only with one exception ! We have more respect
for our editorial person than to undertake the responsibility
of awakening the sleepy! ^
But, good Stobsiade, to your f God C ^
bless Germany!' we reply with our ^God ^ s
bless England!' and to your 'God bless
the Kaiser!' with our 'God bless Ge-
orgie!' And then, reaching hands across
the sea to you, we will both cry together:
"Damn that barbed wire!"
- S"^«STe> C^ u < . w'itti hi( ii><fU r^iny^ fem o! r^oKleUc^ ^1^4^«-^
BAR. 11. LINES UP.
"RING OUT WILD BELLST
"Ring out wild Beils !" The verses sprang
From one who, in his slumber spells,
Had never heard with sudden clang
"Ring out wild bells."
Bell hangers, here, seem scarce, for yells
Of "HANG THAT BELL!" füll often rang
At noon through barracks, rooms and cells.
I, too, have said, with inward pang
Obeying those insistent knells,—
Td like to ring his neck who sang:
"Ring out wild bells!"
Time plants his foot our necks upon, —
However high we climb;
Time beats us all — save Peebles-Conn,
For Conn beats time.
CINCE "In Ruhleben Camp" last appeared \ve have had
plays of all sorts and sizes, good plays, bad plays, merry
plays, sad plays, plays without words, plays with songs, old
plays, nevv plays, English plays, French plays — who will dare
to complain of the monotony of life in Ruhleben? It would
be rank ingratitude to our actor friends.
The first item on my list
is "Preedy and the Countess"
and I may be pardoned if I
linger awhile to discant on
the merits of the Performance.
Previous to this production
\\e had had no comedy the pro-
duction of which Struck one
as really finished. In "The
Silver Box" we had seen that
the Camp could produce a
tragedy cast which might cer-
tainly rank with any put for-
ward by the leading amateur
societies at home bin the co-
medy had always had its one
or two weak characters. "Pree-
dy", too, is a play which de-
pends entirely upon the acting.
While reading it, I myself
"achieved sleep" before I got
to the end of the second act
To present the play successfully
a "star" was necessary for
the title role and an extraordi-
narily safe cast to back him
up. At the last moment Mr.
Hart appeared on the scene
and taking the part at only three
days notice made a brilliant
success of it. Mr. Anderson,
who was the producer, has
mr. hopkirk as the prodigal son. indeed done the Camp theatre
a good turn in unearthing an urdoubted artist All the other
characters too worked hard and, despite Mr. Danhorn's ten-
dency to over-do his part and Mr. Burgoyne's gaucherie, the
general affect was such as to eclipse any previous comedy Per-
formance in the Camp.
"My Pal Jerry" was a jolly music hall sketch per-
form ed by the Brothers Maurice, Harry Stafford & Co. and
despite the fact that they had had to write up the book
from memory the audience went away in great good humour.
"The Prodigal Son", a pantomimic drama by M. Carre
with musical accompaniment by A. Wormser, followed and
was undoubtedly the most complete success the camp theatre
has seen. Some of the people who enjoyed "Preedy" did not
care for "My Pal Jerry" and the majority of both audiencies
were bored to death by "The Master Builder" but "The
Prodigal Son" appealed to all. The producer, Mr. H. G. Hop-
kirk had, to begin with, a caste to which no one could
take exception. All parts were exhausted. As the son, Mr.
Hopkirk himself secured the sympathy of the whole house ;
while as a light little light-o'-love Mr. Macmillan set the whole
Camp achuckle. Merrit was as effective as ever while Mr.
West was so good as to mäke us all wish to see what
he would do with an ordinary part. Skin-the-goat (other-
wise known as Mr. Wilson) made a delightful old roue. And
who will ever forget that priceless waddle of A. Holmes , ?
Narurally the play could not have been successful without
really wonderful accompaniment and Mr. Weber r s handling
of the orchestra was as masterly as his colleague's handling
of the players. I expect to see other productions equal to
this and to "Preedy" but I confess I do not expect to see
them surpassed in Ruhleben.
The two French plays "On opere sans douleur" and
"L'Anglais tel qu'on le parle" were both jolly little comedies
and received applause. (Continued on page 8.)
"The Trial by Jury" was our first essay at English comic
opera and was a far better production than one would ex-
pect in a camp in which the female dement is entirely
lacking. Mr. Corless deserves commendation for his hard work.
It would be well however not to blind ourselves to the fact
that although we have cheated Nature very successfully with
regard to our stage heroines, when we come to comic opera
she has us on the hip. Mr. Welland's Performance was all
that could be expected of a mere male but unfortunately one
must not expect very much. The other parts were all well sustained
notably Mr. Hamlyn as the Judge, Mr. Anstey as the Counsel
and Austin as Defendant while the get-up of the jury was
undoubtedly ;the hit of the evening.
"The Trial" was preceded by two one-act pieces both
of which were by Camp authors. The main idea of Mr. Bar-
ton's "Well Pm — " was humorous enough but his dialogue
was painfully boring and altogether his piece gave one an
impression of inexperience. The casting and acting of it too
left much to be ;desired but fortunately Mr. Eden's pyjamas
saved the Situation.
Mr. Tivey's "Fooling" was a much better play, the dia-
logue being witty throughout and the handling of the theme
more careful though the ending was somewhat sudden. Had
Mr. Tivey stayed among us I should have looked forward
to seeing something much better from him.
I am not going to attempt to criticise the Master Builder,
for fo do so, one requires more Space and time than is at
my disposal. Mr. Hatfield's Translation justified itself in the
acting and altogether I think we can record the production
a success. Of course a very large proportion of the Camp
did not in the least want Ibsen and the players had to con-
tend with an unduly critical audience. Still the play made
its appeal to many and though perhaps Ibsen is not suitable
for to do so, one requires more space and time than is at
not haye an occasional Single Performance and I hope the
Entertainments Committee will see its way to give us now
and then a repertory week, in the programmes of which
some others of Ibsen might well be included.
"The Importance of being Earnest" was hardly accorded
the care in casting which Mr. Welland's previous work has
led us all to expect of him. Despite the flaws however, the
audiences were well pleased ani again we have to be grate-
ful to Mr. Hart, Mr. Eden and Mr. Macmillan for reajly
finished Performances. Mr. McDermott made a wonderful
Miss Prism; I hope to have the opportunity of seing him
again in a similar part.
"La Petite Chocolatiere" was a great triumph for its
producer, Mr. Bell, whose work I cannot sufficiently praise.
The casting and the scenery (designed by the producer) left
nothing to be desired and the acting was such that I can
only say I have never seen better in Ruhleben. Many pro-
ducers have looked around in vain for a really fascinating
"flapper" but in Mr. Goodhind Mr. Bell has found a jewel
and I prophesy some hard work in the future for the gentle-
man (or should I say lady?). Space forbids my mentioning
all the other characters but I cannot refrain from remarking
on Rosette's sweetness.
Altogether the productions of the last two months have
reached a Standard that is as unexpectedly high as it is
that "The Master Builder" was a bad attempt at teachkn
the Camp the importance of being earnest?
that "My Pal Jerry" was only fooling?
that those people who thought the finale of "Preedy
and the Countess" was going to be an Enfant prodigue were
that "Well Pm — !" was what the audience said?
Sßie Jro9i<?ö.l \So/2. Sp 6äjz 3a.£teä "C&2/*
THE RUHLEBEN1TE AT HOME.
I WAS out! How I managied it I cannot teil you at present.
It must suffice that after some startling adventures I had
arrived Home in time for Christmas.
It was glorious to be in a nice bed again, that is to
say it would have been glorious if I had not awakened so
late that I had to jump up at once so as not to be too
late to wash. s I yawned sleepily as I put on my slippers
and feit round under the bed without success for my washing
Someone must have pinched it I thought, probably Emma
who is my sister arid sleeps next door.
I marched into her room unceremoniously.
"Here you blighter" I began "You've pinched my basin".
She opened her eyes "Don't talk rubbish" she said sotne-
what sharply "And kindly knock when you come in!"
"That be hanged for a yarn if you pinch my washing, basin. "
"What are you talking about?"
"My washing basin of course! Bück up they'll be cleaning
outh the corridor soon and I want to get washed first "
"Don't be so stupid I haven't got your basin! Go and
ring the bell and Pll ask Kate what has become of it."
Kate the maid had no idea where it was but volunteered
to go and look for it.
"It's in his room Miss" she said on her return.
"In my room" I repeated "Why I could have sworn
it was not under the bed".
"I should hope not indeed!" said my sister "Ifs on the
washing table of course".
I returned to my room and sure enough there it was
exactly where she had said. Why on earth they can't put
things in their proper places, the Lord only knows. But
thaf s always the way now. Nothing is ever where it ought
to be. Why there's not even a broom in the bedrooms.
However I had got my basin and that was the chief thing.
Filling it with water I took it out into the corridor, and re-
turned for a chair. I might have saved myself the trouble,
there was not a decent chair in the whole room; only a
couple of things with cane seats, which are not the slightest
good to anybody. After skirmishing round in the other rooms
THE POND STORES. AFTER A SHOWER.
and places for a bit I succeeded in finding a so-called house-
maid's box which looked promising. I emptied the contents
out into the corridor and a fearful lot of rubbish it was too.
I kicked the stuff about thoroughly, but could find absolutely
nothing worth having except a couple of nails and a small
piece of wire. One of the nails was immediately hammered
into the outside of the door to hang the towel ort, the
other I carefully stowed away for emergencies. From what
I see of this place, I shall probably need a considerable
number of nails beforej I get it anything like shipshape.
The housemaid's box turned upside down proved quite
satisfactory and I «was at length able to get on with the
business of waShing and I had finished the main part of
the business and \was splashing water happily over one foot,
w'hen my sister came out of her room in a dressing-gown.
"Bück up, you lazy beggar", I yelled, a You know they
will be wanting to clean the corridor in a minute."
"Jack, go back to your room at once. What are you
doing here?" came the unexpected answer.
"Doing," I repeated, "Pm washing of course."
"Yes, but what tdo you want do come here to wash for"
and then illogically, "Besides, Kate might have come along-
while you were "
"If it's Kate's turn to do the corridor, she ought to have
been washed long ago," I interrupted severely, "Where in the
name of Heaven do you expect me to wash anyway?"
"In your room. Where eise?"
"And make the whole place vvet for half the day. A
nice row there would be about it. Quite apart from that
there is not a decent chair in the room to wash on."
But she was not listening.
"What's that?" she said sharply, pointing to the heap
"Oh! Only some old rubbish I found in here" I said,
kicking the housemaid's box, and noticing that the explanation
did not seem to soothe her, "It's nothing worth having, I've
been through it all very carefully", I assured her.
SNOW ON THE PROMENADE DES ANGLAISES.
"But the corridor is not the place for rubbish," she retorted
still more hotly, in spite of rny attempt at a reconciliation.
I was going to retort in kind, when I suddenly remem-
bered it was Christmas morning and I determined a last
attempt at peace.
"Never mind old girl", I said, "I'm very sorry if you
don't like it. But please have a decent-sized packing case
put in my room, will you? And novv you'd better bück up
and get was'hed. Here, you can have my basin if you like.
I'm finished," and I gracefully threw the remainder of the
water along the side of that fatal corridor.
That did for me.
"Go into your room, you silly idiot," she said.
I can't understand Emmie. She's changed tremendously;
she does not seem nearly so sympathetic somehow.
"THERE WAS A COW."
A hitberto unpublislied poem from the portfolios
of Mr. Senoj Xacnud. (Published without his permission.)
The cow with gasps of lowing pain
Essays the steep ascent to gain
Though built for other sorts of flights
She 'tempts to scale arboreal heights.
Cow! The tree is made of wood,
Climbing that will do no good.
Cow, good cow, 'tis not for thee,
Or such as thou to climb a tree!
Follow the promptings of the Soul
Eat and grow fat; attain thy goal,
Namely, the prized sky-blue bow
dr Merit in the Cattle-Show.
True to thyself thou then shalt live
And "n" quarts twice a day shalt give.
Oh! May no lying spirit grow
Within thy bosom, gentle cow.
^VNE only realises the tremendous part the Sport/ s Ground
^-^ plays in our circumstances here when (as rarely happens)
the racecourse is closed. Hundreds of us roam aimlessly
around looking for something to pass away the hours. Four-
tunately for a great number of those here it is in their nature
to take advantage of our present compulsory inactivity in
the world's affairs by studying. In this direction the op-
portunities are manifold and no doubt many, especially among
the younger section, will learn much. The events which have
placed some of the most brilliant scholars of Europe in this
camp and their generous willingness to give those desiring it
the benefit of their knowledge creates a unique opening for
those who wish to broaden their education. There are, how-
ever, a great many men in the Camp whose callings place
the thought of study if santa claus came to ruhleben.
outside their pale. Apart
frorn their actual labour
in times of peace they
interest themselves more
particularly in sport than
in anything eise. For all
grades in Camp the In-
stitution of our national
games was a boon but for the non-
studious it was a real Godsend. It
provides not only healthy pleasant
exercise for the players, but is also
an interesting time killer for those
who through various disabilities are
debarred from actually taking part
in games and therefore are com-
pelled to play the part of spectators.
As in the last seasou a Football
Association was formed consisting
of a delegate from each Barrack and
a chairman and secretary. The cap-
tain of the Camp Mr. J. Powell
f < *f>
is the Hon. President with two other captains Messrs. L. ö.
Beaumont and J. Swift, Hon. Vice Presidents.
Barracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 20, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 atid 17 run two
teams, one each in our Ist and 2nd League. Barrack 15 and
"The Boys" each has a team in the 2nd League only.
The rules we play under are as near as possible those
laid down by the English F. A. with two exceptions viz. we
play only 35 minutes each way, and there are no transfers.
The latter rule is very strict and a man is only allowed to
play for the Barrack he was located in at the opening. of
our second campaign on October Ist.
The first two days of the re-commencement were spent
in preparing our two pitches. We had many willing hands
so that when we officially started the season on October 3rd
with an exhibition match between two teams chosen by Steve
Bloomer and John Cameron the grounds looked pictures.
The Commander of the Camp, Baron von Taube, paid us
the honour of kicking-off.
After a grand game Bloomer's side won by 5 — 2.
The following six days the pitches were allotted to the
barracks for practice matches.
The league tournaments started on Oct. lOth.
By Monday next (writing on November 25th) the first
haft of the leagues will have been finished, meaning that
each team will have played the other once. The following
day we shall commence our Cup Competitions, one for the
first leagues and one for the second league. These will be
through by the end of the year and then the second half
of the leagues will be played. In addition to the league com-
petitions there are daily two or three friendly games played.
These are commonly known as "Ragtime Matches" and create
much fun and interest.
There will be no prizes whatever given by the R. F. A.
but "In RUHLEBEN CAMP" have generously promised
Souvenirs of an unique character, the particulars of which will
be found elsewhere.
There is an athletic störe in camp where one can obtain
all the necessary gear. But as footballs cost 15/- each we
have had to depend on the generosity of these at home in
this matter. To F. J. Wall Esq. and some friends of John
Cameron's at Chiswick we tender our most grateful thanks
for their present of three footballs each, without which the
(Continued on page 18.)
purchase of these articles would have thrown a great bürden
on our slender resources.
The three outstanding teams up to the present are Bar-
rack 9 in the first league who have gone through the first
half of the season without losing a solitary point, and Bar^
rack 3 and the Boys in the second league, a team composed
entirely of barrack youngsters from ships. These lads, the*
eldest of whom is not more than 18, play really fine football
and their matches create the keemest interest. Their- friend
and adviser is Mr. Chas. Pow. Bar. 3, the leaders of the 2nd
league, have shown excellent consistent form and fully de-
serve their proud position. They combine splendidly and if
able to keep the same team together will no doubt win the
Champions hip outright.
Of the form slhown I will ask, Bloomer, Brearley, Wolsten-
holme and Cameron to give their impressions.
Wolstenholme is the captain of the present league leaders,
Barrack 9, and his team is certainly a credit to the old Ever^
ton and Blackburn Rover's half-back.
"Well Sam what about the football in the Camp?" I
"Considering the circumstances I reckon ifs quite good",
he answered. "Do you think any of the players here have
shown form which would entitle them to be given a trial
with league teams at home?"
"Most decidedly I ,do", Sam said. "Of course," he added,
"it would hardly do for me to mention the names ot the par-
ticular players I have in mind, but there are men here whomi
I shall certainly recommend to first class clubs when the
proper time arrives*"
To a further query as to his personal expriences in Camp-
football Wolstenholme warmly acknowledged his appreciation
of the full-hearted support given by the Camp in general and
his barrack in particular and finally remarked he did not know
what we should have done without our football.
John Brearley hesitated before answering my first question
as to his impressions, but John was always that way in-
clined. Then he opened out and said:
"The football is not a patch on that of last season."
"Why?" I asked.
"Well," said he, "the reasons ought to be quite obvious
without going into minute details. But one great fact", he
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ANOTHER VIEW OF BAR. 11.
continued, "against really clever play is the ground. As you
know it has cut up prerty badly through the great nutnber
of games played on it, and the lack of proper Utensils to
keep it in order."
"And what about the form of the men?" I quereid.
Brearley answered: "With all due respect to everybody
only a very few have shown decided improvement and the
most of these are men who have never before played Asso-
ciation »Football. On the whole," he concluded, "the play
has been much above the Standard one expected and some
of the players may be heard of later on in English Football."
As is only natural Steve Bloom er is the central figure of
Ruhleben Football. Although he has had his forty first birthday
among us his interest in the game, has been so great that he
has only missed playing in one match for his barrack during
the whole time football has been played in the Camp.
"Wlry the lads all play grand," he replied when asked
his opinion of the players here. "Some of them would of
course do better if theyM play with their heads a littl-e more
and if the forwards would shoot offener and not mess about
so much in front of goal."
"But," added the famous inside right, "the football they
play is marvellous considering everything and it would be
grossly unfair to criticise them very minutely."
"Would some of the players, in your opinion, be goöd
enough for first class teams at home?" I asked.
"They would that," he promptly answered. "Give them
the opportunity and a bit of the right Coaching and one or
two of the lads here would be class enough for any team."
John Cameron, the old Hotspurs manager, is pur secre-
tar> T and the guiding spirit of the management Under his
care the whole machinen' runs like clockwork. When I asked
him his opinion of the form here he said: "There's nothing
wrong with it, except in one instance, when Barrack 11 beat
Barrack 10 a few weeks ago. Seriously though the play is
quite as good as anyone can expect."
Fred. B. Pentland.
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FRPM 5HAKE.5PEAEE. .
I WOÜLD I HAD THY INCHE15".
HE THOUGHT HE SAW.
(With apologies to Lewis Carrol.)
E thought he saw a Seraphim
That played upon the bones.
He looked again, and saw it was
The poems of
"I thought" he said "such dulcet strains
Must come from higher zones."
He thought he saw poor Ibsen's ghost
That writhed as though in pain.
He looked again, and saw it was
The child of H- 's brain.
" 'ExcitingV not the word," he said
For Castles built in Spain."
He thought he saW a captain's badge
That lacked a captain's arm.
He looked again, and saw it was
— Nought! — but a false alarm.
"Be still, my heart, be still," he said
"Be calm, my soul, be calm."
He thought he saw' a merry wight
Who winked a merry wink.
He looked again, and saw it was
A reveller in "clink".
And to himself he murmured soft,
"Drink, pretty creature, drink".
He thought he saw the Lager "Rag"
Appear when it was due.
He looked again, and saw it was,
Not a report, but true.
"Now, isn't this top-hole" he said,
"In time for Xmas too."
Shz otAsr i <? orx. , they took th.<\t
l-22a - Barraeks G.B.- Government Stores (bread),
23-25 - Grand-stands H.- Hospitals
25 used for Educational Classes H .W. -Hof wate r
26-Tea-house(ßarrack). LB. -Invalid barrack
A - Athletic störe
B.O.- Box- office
C.C.- Catholic church
E .- En<jraver En. - Entra nee,
E.R 0. - Engl. Parcel office
E.X.L.- Express letters
F.-Greenarocer Fl.- Held
6r Grand stand (not in use).
G.P.Or Germ. Parcel
LP.- Lost property office
Mi.- Mineral water
Öesjgn'e^ by G.Oönes
R-Praetice room( piano). R.5.- River (Spree).
P.C.-Prisoners cells 5. - ShoemaKer
P. C.N.- Publishing Offices R.CJ l leW5 5.ß.-'5o1diers.'barracks
PH.- Privat house S.E.-Steam (fer beatirtg)
P.O.- Printers S.H.- Summer house
R.O.- Relief Office St. - Stabte (for horses)
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W.- Wash houses
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Wa .- Waich m a k € r
W.C.- Public iavatory
J) In accordance with our offer to the Foot-
K ball Association to provide a trophy for the
players who put up the best Performance of
each fortnight we requested the Association
Committee to let us have the names of the
The Association has chosen the teams but
has left the choosing of the individual to the
barrack committee or to the eleven in question. V,
The awards are as follows:
Bar. 7 for the game they put up against
Bar. 8 on Oct. 17 th in which they drew 3 — 3
(% securing their goals within ten minutes of A
*) "time". V
The player chosen by [the Barrack Club Y,
to receive the trophy is R. F. WEISS. y
ä\ Bar. 11 for beating Bar. 3 by 10 goals to 3. y
v The player to receive trophy is A. BODIN. X
"The Boys" for their general good play
and especially for the match on Nov. 16th in
which they beat Bar. 10 by 5—0.
The player in this case is E. KELLY. S>
i^e^eve^e^e^v^^ ^^e^"^^ 1
RUGGER. SUPERMEN v. CAPTA1NS.
\A.R- Halpin kicked off and Prof. Hart kindly consented to
referee. With a bound Hatfield, the supermen's scrum
half, ,seized the ball and pausing for an instant to pull hisi
long black hair, conferred upon it all the electrical energy of
his soundest schemes — the leather retired a few paces to the
rear. After some rather complicated scrimmage work, Leigh
Henry the leader of the scrum tore away, muttering "These
people idon't realise the evocative nature of the anti-mecha-
nical ,spiritual, quasi-futuristic force of the effect of the Rugger
spheroi !!! The brutal crty of "Touch" brought himi
in some measure back to his immediate surroundings. Kapp
the nimble S. fly-half strected out a hand at the line-out,
caught and took the ball between finger and thumb — "Ex-
celsior!" he cried and strode down the field. Here, Fisher,
go and see to that ■ball," cried . Powell the great full-badk,
"I taust speak to Jones a moment — what? No, no — no
time!" The ball now remained in the captains 25, where
Hawkins lead his scrum in splendid fashion, and perhaps it
was a good thinghis directions were in Hindustani. At
last Prichard the hare-like left-wing three-quarter of the
Supermen took the ball. "Now if I were to drop a
goal here, a goal, the reality of that goal wöuld be im-
pressed upon your intellect by the ball going between the
posts, but matter does not act like thät . . . life wants . . . f
at this point the whistle blew for half-time.
Shortly after "lemons" Pender, with a long giggle and
brandishing bis eyeglasses in his excitment, his teeth glit-
tering scored between the posts. Peebles Conn converted..5-0.
After some mixed play in the centre, where Aman after in-
effectually trying to score between his own posts subsided
under 11 Supermen, Duncan-Jones, the dashing right wing
of the intellectuals sprinted down the line; arriving in the cap-
tains 25 however he paused and with dramatic gesture ex-
"Up and down the field we go
Sometimes fast/ and sometimes slow,
Slithering like a little orter
Passing out to wmg three quatter
When the "
Asher most unkindly brought this masterpiece of epic
poetry to a close, collaring the author low. The ball remained
near the captains posts, until Turnbull like a race horse sped
to his opponents goal and scored. Beaumont converted 5 — 5.
The whistle blew for time.
SHOULD WE CR1T1C1SE?
VY/E have received the following letters from Mr. Pentland
™ and Mr. Warner with regard to the account of the opening
match of the present soccer season which appeared in our
columns and also a reply from "Young Bird", the writer of
We make no apology for the publication of this corre-
spondence, despite the fact that the report referred to appeared
two months ago, for the question of free criticism is of pri-
mary importance "in a camp like this". Despite the weighty
arguments put forward by the players, we are inclined fo
think that Young Bird has made out a very fair case for
candid criticism, not only from a sport point of view but
also from a general Standpoint. It seems to us that if a
man ma'kes a public appearance, be it on the sports field>
on the stage, or as a camp official he must as a matter of
course be prepared to meet with criticism and if not ready
to do so then he ougfht to be content to blush unseen even
though this entail the wasting of his sweetness on the desert air.
Mr. Fred Pentland writes: — "In the spirit of sport, I am
sure that Young Bird will permit me to pass a few comments
on his criticism of the opening match. While granting that
he has every right to express his opinion of the game and 1
the players, I consider some of his remarks in reference
to some of the players to be outside the bounds of reasonable
criticism. To slate a man as Young Bird did Rogans and
Collinson is rather hitting below the bell Neither of these
tS'oup/r^^ /^e \Soup
A SUMMER CORNER.
players in my humble opinion deserved the condemnation
passed upon them. Both are young players and have proved
their ability in Camp football to such good effect as to Warrant
their inclusion in a representative match. It is the desire
of the F. A. and of all true enthusiasts to help and teach
young footb allers to improve their play but all such efforts
will be in vain if Young Bird, or anyone eise, knocks the
stuffing out of them by passing caustic and hurtful comments
when they have a day off form."
Mr. L. P. Warner writes us from Bar. 8: — "I am sure
that all true lovers of football must have feit very keenly the
unfair criticism by Young Bird on the display of Rogans in
the opening match. Evidently as designated by the nom de
plume he has adopted, "Young Bird" is very very young and
his youthfulness applies to his experience and capability of
critizing football. In my opinion Rogans' display was a very
useful one indeed against a tricky combination of forwards,
and the remarks in your issue of No. 9 are as unjust as
they are unmerited. In any case I feel sure that it is not
the intention of the editor of "In Ruhleben Camp" to allow^
criticism such as the case in point, which in a camp of this
kind will probably give "the subject operated upon" a
most unhappy time and our football here has not been or-
ganised with this object in view but just the opposite".
In reply Young Bird says: — I am exceedingly surprised
that a player of Mr. Pentland's standing should take up an
attitude with regard to criticism which I can only define by
the phrase namby pamby. For him to suggest that I was
hitting below the belt in saying that a man was a passenger
is on the face of it absurd. It was my duty to say what
I thought (and the fact that my opinion was shared by a
very large proportion of the spectators is interesting though
it does not affect the case) and, with all due deference to
Mr. Pentland I still see no reason why I should change
my opinion as already expressed. Mr. Pentland says: — "The
F. A. and all enthusiasts desire to help and teach young
footballers to improve their play but all such efforts will
be in vain if Young Bird or anyone eise knocks the stuffing
out of them by passing caustic or hurtful criticism when
they have a day off form". That is to say, if I think
a man is a passenger, the critic whose duty mark you is
to criticise, not to "encourage young footballers" must not
say so. For shame Mr. Pentland, you too have lost your
mental perspective in Ruhleben. If Mr. Pentland plays a rotten
game — and all things are possible in this most wonderful
of worlds — I shall have to say so. Will Mr. Pentland's spirit
be broken and the stuffing taken out of him for subsequent
games? If so, it is time he gave up football and took to
croquet. In this case Messrs. Rogans and Collinson may
well cry preserve me from my friends for I happen to know
both those gentlemen well enough to know that thoug'h they
might say "I should like to push Young Bird's face in but
all the same J did play a putrid game" they would never
talk such twaddle as "The stuffing has been taken out of
me and I ,am going to give up learning the game because/
when I try and am off form that nasty man Young Bird
calls me a passenger". When will Mr. Pentland and others
in the Camp who whine about criticism being out of place
in a camp like this realise that we are in a concentration camp
for ADULT Britishers and not in a preparatory school for young
footb allers and other delicate plants.
With regard to Mr. Warner's letter which I have just
received I can only say to him what I have said to Mr.
Pentland. Of course my idea of the game may be wrong
and on the other hand so may Mr. Warners but if asked to
give an account of the game and I think a man was a
passenger there is no reason why I should not say so and
in doing so I am certainly not hitting below the belt not
even "in a camp like this".
Let's hang the lyre on a willow tree,
Or on a wall, or on the barbed wire,
But out of sight, as quickly, as may be,
Let's hang the lyre.
Let's live and LEARN, — learn what we most require
And harp no longer in a minor key
On smaller needs and our ONE great desire.
We're freeto learn, thus learning to be free
At least in mind, tili freedom be entire.
Meanwhile, who says that we're downhearted? We?!
LETS HANG THE LI AR!
Sl NEWS OF WAR.
C INEWS of War! Alas, — on evil days
Hath Europe fallen; ever more and more
She bleeds her hapless countries white to raise
Sinews of war.
We, fed and boarded free, may at the roar
Of tax-collectors chuckle, — Some-one pays
For us. We have no need of golden störe.
O happy fate! And yet, as now I gaze
Upon my Sunday slice of beef — O Lor' !
A new and baleful light illumes the phrase
SINEWS of War!'
Enp . Literat irre C'ircle .
tffiursd&y ai 7 od.
Bar. 6. Loft.
THE A. & S. IL MEETING.
IT is worthwhile belonging to the
A. S. U., if for no other purpose
than that of attending their general
meetings. They are always delight-
ful and the last one was fully up
%$£' didkt Lt f.7,»A to the hi S h Standard set earlier
in the year. The proceedings start-
ed off by the presentation of a report by the committee for
the acceptance of the meeting and although four of the com-
mittee themselves were not in favour of the report as it stood.
When however, Mr. Croad, the chairman of the meeting, had
said that it did not matter a hang whether the report was
accepted or not, and Mr. Hatfield had added that the object-
ionable paragraphs were only flowery prophecies, such as
it is the custom to include in camp reports of that nature, the
meeting decided — to reject the whole thing.
We must confess that after that our mind became utterly
confused. We know the A. & S. U/s committee resigned and
that a member unsuccessfully moved that the whole Society
be dissolved, then suddenly Mr. Pritchard was on his feet
explaning that he had resigned from his position as chairman
because he preferred to sit on the Education Committee as
"Mr. Pritchard" rather than as "the embodiment of all the
A. & S. U/s hopes and fears". Moreover, in spite of all
his attempts to keep "it" down, "it" would come up.
Here he was interrupted by Mr. Croad, who indignantly said
he had never noticed anything of the kind; but it turned out,
as we gathered from somebody eise's remarks, to be all sub-
conscious, so it may have been there, Mr. Croad being a
practical man. The mysterious "it" proved to be the equally
mysterious views held on art by different members of the
committee, mysteries which none of the Committee were pre-
pared to elucidate. So Prof. Patchett stepped into the breach
and gave us his ideas of art in a long and blasting diatribe
(his own word) against certain modern art forms, which he
hoped for the sake of the sanity of the Camp, would not
enter into it.
In any case the committee, did not, would not, could
not get on, and !so there was nothing- left for them to do
but to resign.
A new chairman was elected in the person of Mr. Hat-
field who gracefully and modestly thanked the meeting, saying
that though he was not much go!od, he did not think they
would easily get anyone better and the new committee was
chosen as follows:
Messrs. Croad (treasurer), Pender (Secretary), Treharne,
Higgins, Leigh-Henry, Hunt, Kapp, Cusden andjTivey.
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his subjects who, during their in
ternment, are displaying such
pluck and cheerf ulness .
18th December 1915.
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THE First Round of the Rugby Leagfue is over, and the
* Camp may congratulate itself upon the Standard of play at-
tained. , Much keenness has been shown, and a general all
round improvement is apparent.
Our prop'hecies with respect to the teams have only been
partly fullfilled. We predicted that the Barbarians would render
good account of themselves, and our prediction has held
good in so far as they have tied for the first place with 1
Blackheath, who have shown unexpected form. We cannot
help thinking however that the Barbarians are capable of
even better things and shall expect to see them ^go up one"
at the close of the next round. Wasps too are a much im-
proved side and, with more of the ball, should give any side
a hard fight. Nomads are frankly disappointing; with such
a fast three-quarter line and heavy "scrum" one would have
expected fetter results. We expect them to do a lo't better
in the "second half". Harlequins have made big strides since the
beginning of the sea-
son. Although low on ; ^T]
the list, they have
succeeded in giving
every team a hard
fight. Blackheath has
been a surprise packet,
and owes its success
to the keenness of its
scrum, and, probably
still more to the fact
that it invariably
tackles low.High tackl-
ing has proved the
downfall of most of
the teams at one time
had bad luck in losing
Harris, their captain,
and Ritchie, the leader
of their forwards. We
are sorry to hear that
the^lformer will be
unable to take further
OUR ARTIST'S XMAS CARD.
The Ruhleben Literary and
After a period of unavoidable inactivity this Society has
resumed its labours.
This Society has been dubbed "The Parliament of Ruhleben"
and again "The Talking Club". Be that as it may, the Society
is fully awake to the fact that the inmates of the Camp, in
every branch of life and in every department of£activity, at
present enjoy facilities which were undreamt of at the time of
its formation; and, in the consciousness of this fact, is deter-
mined to rise to its opportunities and to avail itself to the füll
of these facilities.
With this aim inview, the Society has resolved to redouble
its efforts during the new year which is, unfortunately, opening
upon us here. It has a year of experience behind it; it will
benefit from passed mistakes and failures; it will avoid pitfalls;
and, with the hearty and loyal support of the Citiziens of Ruh-
leben, which it will do its best to retain, the Society will not
confine its efforts to the promotion and holding of Debates,
but will strive to develope the literary side (which offers a wide
field in itself) and also to introduce new features. In all these
endeavours the Society, working on broad populär lines, will
have as its ideal Amüsement, Instruction and the Stimulation
As examples of the widened scope of the activities of the
Society may be mentioned the following events which took
place recently: —
Tues., Nov. 30 th. An Address on "The Poet" by Mr.
W. H. Butterworth.
Tues., Dec. 7 the. A Dramatic Recital by the West Indian
Actor Mr. P. Sylvester Leon, to which Explanatory Remarks
were contributed by Mr. Israel Cohen.
Owing to changes which have taken place in the various
Barracks since the foundation of the Society, it has been found
necessary to re-constitute its Committee, the principle followed
being that the Committee should be formed by the represen-
tatives of the Barracks. This is now being done the Officers
elected for the Session 1915 — 1916: —
Mr. W. H. BUTTERWORTH, President
Mr. C. J. PEARKE, Chairman
Mr. R. SIMMS, Treasurer
Mr. P. SYLVESTER LEON (9), Secretary.
part in games this season, but we welcome the return of
the latter to his old place.
Tihe games up to the present have been fought out among
the forwards. This is probably due to the affection of the
halves for the ball, clinging to it as they d,o : un|fcil brought
down, and never giving' their 3/ 4 üne a fair chance. The re-
fereeing has not always been quite "up to the mark"; but
few or any complaints have been made as to the ruling in
first league matches. Criticising the referee is always an easy
tas'k; the obvious retort for the victim is "Try and do it
better yourself". We have no intention of making any such
attempt, but are always willing to abide by the referee's de-
No remarks can be made about Second Team matches,
owing to the great difficulty some barracks had in raising
teams, but we congratulate Wasps and Barbarians on their
A Cup-Tie Round is commencing on Thursday Nov. 25th;
the Second Rounds of the league will be played after Christ-
mas. The International Matches will wind up the season.
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In connection with the Red Cross Bed collection, which
admirable Institution we are sure every true Britisher in this
Camp will do his utmost to support, might I take the liberty
of announcing through your Journal a means by which every
prisoner might materially help. At the engraving kiosk a
beautifully carved egg-shell is on view, which was specially
done for this worthy object, i. e. assisting in the collection
of funds for the Bed: AND WILL BE RAFFLED AND THE,
ENTIRE PROCEEDS WILL QO TO THE RUHLEBEN BED.
There are only about 8 of these carved egg-shells in existence,
and they are in the possession of the British and other Royal
Families, so one with the Ruhleben Coat of Arms and the
Royal Crown will be an article of curiosity and great value.
The shell, in a finely hand-carved and padded casket, is to
be handed to the winner of the raffle, which will take place
about the middle (of January. Tickets are on sale at the en-
graving kiosk, price 30 Pf. each, and the barracks will shortly
be canvassed, so that no one may have an excuse for inpt
participating in this most worthy of all undertakings : the
assisting of our brave soldiers who have the enviable task of
doing something for their country.
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'T'HE Entertainments Committee have handed us
the following provisional programme for the Com-
ing three months. All are plays with which many
of us are already familiär with the exception of the
three u one-acters" on Feb. lOth, all of which have
been written in Camp, the first by Mr. Tivey and
the last by Mr. H. Miller:
Jan. 13, 1916. Playboy of the Western World.
Right Age to Marry; Geordie;
Passing of the Third Floor Back.
Alias Jimmy Valentine.
YVTE are debarred from commenting at length on
the Christmas Pantomime in this nurnber and
must reserve our sketches and criticisms for our next
issue. We would, however, like to congratulate all
concerned in the undertaking. The show may well
have surprised Ambassador Gerard and his party
who visited the gala Performance for as a production
of a prisoner's camp it was nothing short of mar-
vellous. Mr. John Roker, the producer, Mr. Brooks
the author, Mr. Well and who designed the dresses
and the charming girls and boys of the chorous, the
dainty Cinderella, the scene-shifters who manage the
quite incredible transformation scene and the rest of
them have all earned our heartiest thanks and we
will give them more of it in our next.
In view of the permission kindly accorded us
by the Censor to send our Xmas Number to Eng-
land, we should like to take this opportunity of
thanking the folks at home in the name of the
whole Camp for the generosity and kindly thought
which has filled our parcels-office.
Those who did not receive any parcels from
Home were looked öfter by a small committee
here in the Camp and such was the generosity of
those who had been more fortunate that we can
safely say that there was no man in the Camp
whose Christmasbreakfast table was not graced
by a handsome parcel. We may perhaps venture
to offer a word of ad vice to those at Home with
regard to catering for the needs of their Ruh-
lebenites. Thefirst essential is butter, or, failing
that, margarine or dripping. Though most of us
have been on the Continent for nearly two years,
our stomach still yearns for its morning bacon
and, we may remark in passing, it is stränge how
well bacon Stands the journey! For the rest, we
can only congratulate the old folks at Home on
the wonderful pertinacity they have shown in
anticipating our wants.
A train of thought! — How sweet, when in disgust
With life and all the trouble life has brought,
To follow, as we wander through the dust,
A train of thought.
To think you're FREE, — to fance you have caught
The Night-Express and momently are thrust
Yards nearer Home, — O word with comfort fraught!
And then— CRASH ! BANG!! What? Has the boiler bust?
No, — you've encountered, wand'ring all destraught,
The flag-staff! — It was no Express, — 't was just.
A train of thought.
music v. r. d. s.
The Pros and Cons of subjects they uncoil
As many-coloured as chameleons,
When into Speech and speechlet down they boil
The Pros and Cons.
A Court of Savants rules them, and of Dons,
Crammed füll of wisdom, reared on midnight-oil,
August, sublime, — like demigods in bronze.
Yet greater still, a gracious counterfoil,
The Artists and their baton-waving bonze,
Since Concord, not Contention, crowns their toil. —
The Pros and Cons.
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